Olympic24: Aerials star Wallace claims junior world bronze

Olympic24: Aerials star Wallace claims junior world bronze

26 March 2015 / 07:31

More history for aerials skier Lloyd Wallace, Heather Watson overcomes heat in Miami and Chemmy Alcott's latest challenge. Here's our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Lloyd Wallace takes bronze at junior World Championships
  • Heather Watson wins and now faces Angelique Kerber at Miami Open
  • Chemmy Alcott completes World's toughest ski race
  • Max Baggio takes speed double at British Skiing Championships
  • Pete Russell names GB ice hockey World Championship team
  • Pairs skater Amani Fancy and Christopher Boyadji qualify at figure skating worlds

Aerial skier Wallace claims world podium in another first

Aerials skier Lloyd Wallace landed his two best jumps ever to take bronze at the junior freestyle skiing World Championships.

Wallace, who became the first British skier to achieve a podium in the Europa Cup this season, said: “This has been one of my big goals and I am delighted to have made the podium.

"I would like to thank my Swiss coach Mich Roth who has been working with me for the last three years.”

Watson overcomes stutter in Miami

British number one Heather Watson staged a comeback victory to beat Russia's Evgeniya Rodina 3-6 6-1 7-5 at the Miami Open.

The 22-year old world number 41, fresh from an impressive performance at Indian Well, started slowly against a player ranked 55 places below her.

She will play 13th seed Angelique Kerber in the second round, a player who narrowly beat her at last year's Wimbledon.

"We had a close match at Wimbledon, she's a very consistent, tough competitor so I will definitely have to up my game," she said.

Chemmy Alcott takes on world's toughest ski race

Chemmy Alcott was never going to sit quietly in retirement.

The four-time Olympian quit skiing last year after finishing 19th in the women's downhill in Sochi, defying medics to compete after yet another year of the broken bones than have punctuated her career looked to have broken her heart.

Alcott has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, swapped her ski suit to sequins to compete in Dancing on Ice and fulfils her need for speed with a motor sport competition licence.

But last week she completed arguably her biggest challenge yet, competing in the gruelling 160km Arctic Circle Race - dubbed the World's Toughest Ski Race - in Greenland.

'It was a massive challenge, brutal and brilliant at the same time' said Alcott, who is raising money for Ski 4 Cancer, a UK-based charity which provides respite and relief for cancer sufferers and their families.

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Baggio takes speed double at British Championships

Max Baggio is getting used to that winning feeling at the Delancey British Championships in Tignes after claiming a super-G and downhill double.

"The winning feeling here so far is great, it's good to compete against your fellow Brits and I'm happy to return to the podium," he said, after a victory over Billy Major in the blue riband event.

In the absence of Chemmy Alcott, Darcie Mead won the women's super-G and Cara Brown claimed the downhill title.

Max Thidling and Stephanie Gehrig won the snowboard cross titles the first time while rising free ski stars Eve Mackenzie and Harry Wright won the ski slopestyle event.

Ed Drake dominated rivals to win the ski cross national crown for the third time while Pam Thorburn delivered on her favourites status in the women's event.

Russell picks squad for ice hockey worlds

Head coach Pete Russell insists he has the right mix after confirming his final 23 players to represent Great Britain in April's Ice Hockey World Championship in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

Russell has awarded six debut caps in his new-look squad, including Josh Batch, Chris Blight, Jonathan Boxill and Matt Haywood and two forwards currently playing in North America, Jack Prince and Liam Stewart, who is the son of rock legend Rod.

"Since Christmas, we have watched a lot of hockey and evaluated all our available options but, more importantly, searched for the right players who we believe fit into our playing philosophy and identity," said Russell.

Fancy and Boyadji qualify at figure skating worlds

Great Britain's Amani Fancy and Christopher Boyadji qualified for the free dance on their figure skating World Championship debut in Shanghai. The pair lie 16th.

“After injury and surgery on Chris's elbow, it's been a tough season but Amani and Chris fought hard for that place," said Robin Cousins, the British team performance manager.  

“In one of the strongest fields for many a season, they have made the World Championship final.”

Olivia Smart and Joseph Buckland failed to qualified for the free dance in the ice dance competition after a fall.

Two-time Olympians and European bronze medallists Penny Coomes and Nick Buckland are absent through illness.

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